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Epson EH-TW3600 review

Kat Orphanides
18 Feb 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
1,298
inc VAT

It produces a high-quality picture, but you can get similar results for less.

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Specifications

1,920x1,080 resolution, 2,000 ANSI lumens, 136x450x360mm, 7.3kg

Although from the outside the EH-TW3600 looks exactly like its little brother, the EH-TW3200, inside it's a fair bit different with a brighter 2,000 lumens bulb and a higher 50,000:1 contrast ratio.

The brighter bulb certainly seems to make one difference: the projector is quiet, but outputs a stream of very hot air. As such, you probably won't want this model sitting behind you. Fortunately, placement of the EH-TW3600 isn't a problem, as it has horizontal and vertical lens shift to help you quickly align the picture on your screen. Connecting your AV equipment won't be a problem, as this projector has a pair of HDMI ports, along with the usual composite, component, S-video and VGA inputs.

Epson EH-TW3600

Like the projector itself, the menu interface is more functional than attractive, but everything’s clearly labelled. Image Settings lets you switch colour mode, change your brightness, contrast, colour temperature and make subtle adjustments to improve the accuracy of skin tones. An advanced menu lets you adjust gamma and gives you precise control over RGB and RGBCMY colour settings.

The Signal menu lets you change the aspect ratio and provides access to advanced options that let you set noise reduction levels. A general Settings menu lets you configure the projector's sleep, child and control panel locks and mirror or invert projection to allow for overhead mounting.

Epson EH-TW3600 side controls

Cinema mode and Natural mode are best chosen for when you've turned the lights down in your living room, as they otherwise look a bit subdued. Natural mode produces, as you'd hope, natural colours although some white tones look a bit murky. Cinema mode handles dark scenes well, bringing out all of the shadowy detail. Living Room mode is the best choice for viewing in a lit or partially lit room; colours are somewhat oversaturated and light tones are bright, but not overpowering, producing an intense but generally pleasing image.

The TW3600 didn’t produce particularly intense black tones in our high-contrast test, although the results are certainly acceptable for an LCD projector. Once you've got the lights turned down, it does a great job. Brightly coloured highlights are fairly vivid in all modes, although you may need to tweak the settings to get vibrant results.

The projector did well in our moving image tests, which include footage of still images bouncing around the screen and a rollercoaster zooming by. We saw some blur, but it looked natural and there were none of the smeared motion shadows we’ve seen from other projectors. Our real-world motion test – a football match – looked even better, with beautiful clarity a perfectly smooth reproduction of the ball and players’ movements, with barely a trace of blur.

Epson EH-TW3600 rear

Although the menus are ugly and black tones could be darker, the TW3600 is an excellent projector, and one that’s bright enough to work well in a well-lit room, to boot. However, it’s not a sufficient improvement over its cheaper sibling, the Best Buy winning Epson EH-TW3200, to be worth the extra money.

Details

Price£1,298
Detailswww.epson-europe.com
Rating****

Specifications

Projector technologyLCD
Lamp brightness2,000 ANSI lumens
Lamp life4,000
Lamp life in economy mode4,000
Contrast ratio50,000:1 dynamic

Picture

Native resolution1,920x1,080
Max compressed resolution1,920x1,080
Aspect ratio16:9
Other aspect ratios4:3
Max diagonal at 7ft53in
Throw ratio1.34:1 to 2.87:1
Optical zoom2.1x
Projection distance2.98. to 6.36m
Mirror imageyes
Invert imageyes
Lens shift horizontal47%
Lens shift vertical96%
HD Readyyes
Special view modesdynamic, living room, natural, cinema, x.v.color

Inputs/Outputs

VGA inputyes
DVI inputNo
Sound inputs3.5mm
Composite inputyes
S-video inputyes
HDMI inputyes
PAL supportyes
SECAM supportyes
NTSC supportyes
Audio outputnone
Video outputnone
Others inputs/outputsserial DIN, trigger

Other

Noise (in normal use)28
Size136x450x360mm
Weight7.3kg
Internal speakersnone
Extrasremote, cables (power)
Remote special featuresnone
Power consumption standby2W
Power consumption on245W

Lamp

Lamp cost (inc VAT)£248
Lamp supplierwww.dataprojectorlamps.co.uk
Lamp cost per hour of use£0.06
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy)£0.06

Buying Information

Price£1,298
Supplierhttp://www.projectorpoint.co.uk
Detailswww.epson-europe.com

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